At Kings Road Primary School we aim to promote confidence and positive attitudes towards reading. Our children have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction reading books from within our school reading scheme so they can experience a range of different text types. The reading books are matched to the child’s expanding phonics skills to enable them to practise their blending skills and recognition of high frequency words at home.
This approach starts in our Foundation Stage where pupils take books linked to the highly successful Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Pupils then continue their reading journey through Key Stage 1, advancing from well-known ‘Biff and Chip’ stories, to tales by other highly regarded authors and non-fiction texts. Towards the end of Year 2 and continuing in Year 3, pupils will start to migrate to our Accelerated Reader scheme, which continues through Key Stage 2. Pupils are exposed to a wider range of authors and genres of storytelling with their understanding checked at the end of each book by taking an electronic quiz.
We encourage our pupils to develop a passion for reading as they are given the opportunity every week to borrow books from our well-stocked library, for sharing with their parents alongside their reading scheme books. Parents also have the opportunity to take part in their child’s selection of library books after school with our librarian. We actively encourage reading outside of the classroom by running a reading challenge for pupils to collect stickers and badges with the ultimate goal of becoming a ‘Reader Leader’ in school.
Our class work provides many and varied opportunities for children to focus on their reading skills. The children take part in weekly group reading sessions, they read independently in a range of cross-curricular lessons and through shared whole class activities reading big books or from texts on the interactive whiteboard. In Key Stage 2, this approached is complemented further by additional reading skills lessons.
Throughout the year we try to foster an excitement about reading by holding ‘book days’ where classes adopt a story for a day and dress up as book characters. We also hold Book Fairs to allow our children the chance to look at new books of different genres and hopefully purchase a new book of their own to take home. We also have a developing relationship with the public library service. Pupils have the opportunity to visit the mobile library and learn how to use their library card to scan out books. We also encourage pupils to participate in the Essex libraries summer reading challenge as a way of continuing to work on developing reading skills outside of the classroom.